Pacer Stefanie
 

Where are you from?

Detroit MI & Atlanta, GA

Current P.R.

3:27

Typical pace

3:35

Number of marathons

20+

Occupation

Business Owner

Favorite marathon

NYC Marathon

Hobbies

Running and taking care of my 4 beautiful step-children

Favorite Running Food

Oatmeal Cream Pies

What are you reading now?

Finding Ultra & Gone Girl Gone

Who do you train with?

My amazing husband – Pacer Brennan and awesome girlfriends in GA

Personal goals

To complete the Marathon des Sables in April 2013!

 

 

A quotation you like…

 

Two roads diverged, and I chose the one less traveled…..

Why do you run?

 

I run because it cleanses my soul. No matter what kind of day I have had, being able to go run in nature and have the freedom to go anywhere I like is life changing. Running has saved my life on so many different levels over the year whether it be from dealing with a dear friend’s passing or dealing with the changes of growing older, running has always been there for me.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Boston 2010 – I had just ended an 8 year relationship and engagement to my college sweetheart. I went to Boston with a healing heart and with Brennan who would turn out to be my future husband. My heart was in such disarray, but it all came together that day and I raced for me and my wounded heart. Something healed out there during that run and opened me up to an amazing new love in my life.

Why do you pace?

 

Finishing a marathon is something that no one can do for you. It is so beautiful to watch someone cross the finish line for the first time. To be able to help someone in this journey is a breathtaking experience for me.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

I paced my dear friend Abbe in her first marathon. Abbe had struggled with some self-worth issues for years. To be able to watch her sweat those fears and doubts away and gain confidence throughout the race made me humble and brought me to tears. She is now a Boston qualifier with an amazing amount of self-confidence!.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I am extremely motivational. I like to have my runners run miles for folks they care about. It allows the runners a chance to dig down deep and focus on someone else who is such an important part of their life. I always save mile 26 for the runner themselves. That mile is their own. No one can take a marathon finish from you!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Be ready to have your ear talked off by a peppy little runner. I have been motivating my high school runners for the past 6 years as their coach. I find keeping them talking and interested in something besides the fact they are running a huge benefit!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am so honored to share this experience with anyone who is willing to come along. I will cry with you, scream encouragement at you, and hold your hand if I need to. This journey is one worth taking!

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

 

I donate tons of time and energy to the Hemophilia of Georgia Organization. My nephews both have a bleeding disorder known as hemophilia. I am currently training for the Marathon des Sables in Africa and have raised almost $50,000 for this cause.

 

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